Ramp up ambition, says UN Secretary-General

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has called for every government, business, civil and international organization in the world to develop a transition plan to net-zero emissions, and boost ambition in finance and adaption as an equal priority to cutting emissions, and the only way to reach the 1.5 degrees Celsius temperature goal. Continue Reading

Fight against racism, says UN chief

The United Nations secretary-general António Guterres is urging a global fight against racism and discrimination following the murderous act of police brutality against George Floyd that has led to widespread protests in the United States and cities around the world. Continue Reading

UN in red, staff salaries at risk; 64 countries owe money

The UN will not publicly identify those countries, but sources told AFP the main culprits are the United States, Brazil, Argentina, Mexico and Iran. In all, 64 countries owe money to the UN. Also on the list of budget delinquents are Venezuela, North Korea, South Korea, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Israel and Saudi Arabia. Continue Reading

Modi in New York for 74th UNGA session

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who arrived here to participate in the 74th Session of the UN General Assembly, will have a packed schedule, meetings with a number of world leaders, including US President Donald Trump, and address the important sessions on climate change and universal health over the next five days.
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Modi to articulate India’s plans for climate action proposals

Modi is among the first set of speakers at the Summit’s opening ceremony, a highly significant gesture given that only those Heads of State, Government and Ministers are invited to speak at the summit who will have any “positive development” to announce on climate action. Continue Reading

UN sends experts to probe Saudi blasts

The UN experts “have already left for Saudi Arabia and obviously they will be doing their job according to the mandate that the Security Council has given them,” Guterres told reporters. While saying that he would wait to see the results of the investigation, he said he “strongly” condemned the attack. “I think this attack is a dramatic escalation in the Gulf and I believe that we absolutely need to stop this kind of escalation,” he said. Continue Reading